Ray McKinnon (actor)

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Ray McKinnon
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McKinnon in 2010
Raymond Wilkes McKinnon

(1957-11-15) November 15, 1957 (age 63)
EducationValdosta State University
Years active1989–present
(m. 1998; died 2010)

Raymond Wilkes McKinnon (born November 15, 1957)[1] is an American actor, screenwriter, film director and producer. Best known for H.W. Smith in Deadwood (2004), Lincoln Potter in Sons of Anarchy (2011), and Mayans M.C. (2018-2019), and for his film roles in Bugsy (1991), Apollo 13 (1995), and The Accountant (2001).[2]

Early life and education[edit]

McKinnon was born on November 15, 1957 and grew up in Adel, Georgia, the son of Raymond McKinnon, a car dealer, and his wife Dorothy McKinnon. He attended local schools.[3]

In 1981, McKinnon graduated with a degree in theatre from Valdosta State University.[4]


McKinnon began acting and later directed. As an actor, he is best known for his role as Reverend Smith in the HBO series Deadwood, which ran from 2004 to 2006, a total of three seasons and 36 episodes.[5] He is also known for his role as Lincoln Potter in the fourth season of the FX show Sons of Anarchy[6] and it’s spin-off series Mayans M.C.

He founded Ginny Mule Pictures, a production company, with his wife Lisa Blount, an actress and producer, and Walton Goggins. Together the trio won the Academy Award in 2001 in the category Live Action Short Film for The Accountant, which they produced with their company.[7]

McKinnon wrote, produced, directed and played 'Snake' in the 2004 film Chrystal, starring Blount and Billy Bob Thornton. The supporting cast included Goggins, Grace Zabriskie, Harry Lennix, Harry Dean Stanton and Johnny Galecki.[8]

He wrote and directed the television series Rectify, the first original series from SundanceTV, featuring a man released from Georgia state prison after 19 years on death row, and it explores the effects on him, his family and his small town. Aden Young stars as Daniel Holden.[9] The first season was broadcast from April to May 2013, and the fourth and final season ended in December 2016.[8] The series won a Peabody Award in 2013.

Personal life[edit]

McKinnon was married to Lisa Blount, an actress and producer, from 1998 to her death in 2010.[10] He currently lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, the hometown of Blount.[11]



Year Title Role Notes
1989 Driving Miss Daisy Trooper #1
1990 Tune in Tomorrow Cub Reporter
1990 Vampire Cop Raymond
1991 Paris Trout Carl Bonner
1991 Livin' Large! Harmon
1991 Bugsy David Hinton
1992 The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag Detective Frank
1993 Sommersby Lawyer Webb
1993 Needful Things Deputy Norris Ridgewick
1993 A Perfect World Deputy Bradley
1995 Apollo 13 Jerry Bostick - FIDO White
1995 The Net Dale
1995 The Grass Harp Charlie Cool Jr.
1998 Goodbye Lover Rollins
1999 This Is Harry Lehman Harry Lehman Short film
2000 O Brother, Where Art Thou? Vernon T. Waldrip
2001 The Accountant The Accountant Short film, Also writer and director
2002 The Pickets Craig Short film
2002 The Badge Deputy C.B.
2003 The Missing Russell J. Wittick
2004 Chrystal 'Snake' Writer/Producer/Director
2006 Come Early Morning Toby
2006 Things That Hang from Trees Tom Wheeler Sr.
2007 Randy and the Mob Randy Pearson / Cecil Pearson Writer/Director
2008 The Last Lullaby Ominous Figure
2009 That Evening Sun Lonzo Choat Producer
2009 The Blind Side Coach Cotton
2010 Spanola Pepper Sauce Company Director, Short film
2011 Take Shelter Kyle
2011 Hick Lloyd
2011 Dolphin Tale Mr. Doyle
2011 Footloose Wes Warnicker
2011 The Last Ride Stan
2012 Mud Senior
2019 Ford v. Ferrari Phil Remington
2020 News of the World Simon Boudlin
2021 Chaos Walking Matthew
TBA Sick Girl Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1989 In the Heat of the Night 'Timer' Episode: "Crackdown"
1990 Murder in Mississippi Lyle's Father Television movie
1990 Rising Son Ken Mott Television movie
1990 Web of Deceit Stuart Troxel Television movie
1990 When Will I Be Loved? Man With Basketball Television movie
1990–1991 In the Heat of the Night Jethro Puller 2 episodes
1991 Night of the Hunter Ben Harper Television movie
1991 In the Line of Duty: Manhut in the Dakotas Bob Cheshire Television movie
1991 I'll Fly Away Donny Hubbard Episode: "The Hat"
1991 The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw Lee Bob Television movie
1991–1992 Designing Women Dwayne Dobber 2 episodes
1992 In Sickness and in Health Dr. Nyland Television movie
1992 Taking Back My Life: The Nancy Ziegenmeyer Story Les Television movie
1992 Indecency Victor Television movie
1993 Arly Hanks Hobert Middleton Television movie
1994 Picket Fences Jeffrey Murray Episode: "Paging Doctor God"
1994 The Stand Charlie Campion Television miniseries
Episode: "The Plague"
1994 Sisters Billy Episode: "Protective Measures"
1994 Roswell Deputy Joe Pritchard Television movie
1994 Moment of Truth: Caught in the Crossfire Buddy Rivers Television movie
1994 The Boys Are Back Bill Episode: "The Fishing Trip"
1994 Matlock Wade Parsons Episode: "The Tabloid"
1994 Scarlett Will Benteen Television miniseries (2 episodes)
1995 Legend Kyle Episode: "Knee-High Noon"
1995 The Client Lenny Barlow 2 episodes
1996 Forgotten Sins Steve Sweetler Television movie
1996 Dead Man's Walk Bill 'Long Bill' Coleman Television miniseries (3 episodes)
1996 The Pretender Lawson Episode: "Flyer"
1996 Nash Bridges Unknown role Episode: "Zodiac"
1997 Old Man Shanty Man With Gun Television movie
1997 Brooklyn South Gilbert Van Eggidy Episode: "A Reverend Runs Through It"
1998 Michael Hayes Unknown role Episode: "Devotion"
1999 NYPD Blue Ted Episode: "T'aint Misbehavin'"
1999 The Price of a Broken Heart Unknown role Television movie
1999 Any Day Now Unknown role Episode: "You really Believe in That Stuff?"
2000 Rocky Times Sheriff Rick Television movie
2001 The Practice Frank Vaughan Episode: "Suffer the Little Children"
2002 Philly Dewey Hicks Episode: "The Curse of the Klopman Diamonds"
2002 The X-Files Wayne 'Mad Wayne' Episode: "Improbable"
2004 Deadwood Reverend H.W. Smith Recurring role (11 episodes)
2008 Comanche Moon Bill Coleman Television miniseries (2 episodes)
2010 Justified Mr. Duke Episode: "Blind Spot"
2011 Sons of Anarchy US Attorney Lincoln 'Linc' Potter Recurring role; 12 episodes (season 4)
2013–2016 Rectify Creator/writer/executive producer/director
Creator (23 episodes)
Writer (17 episodes)
Executive producer (25 episodes)
Director (3 episodes)
2017 Fear the Walking Dead Proctor John 2 episodes
2018 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit William LaBott Episode: "The Book of Esther"
2018–2021 Mayans M.C. US Attorney Lincoln 'Linc' Potter Recurring role; 12 episodes
2019 Wayne Wayne McCullough Sr. Episode: "Get Some Then"
2019 Heartstrings Roy Meegers Episode: "Two Doors Down"[12]
2019 Reprisal Tommy Quinn Episode: "The Tale of Harold Horpus"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Association Year Category Nominated Work Result
Academy Awards 2002 Best Live Action Short Film The Accountant Won
Atlanta Film Festival 2001 Best Narrative Short The Accountant Won
2001 Southeastern Media Award The Accountant Won
Austin Film Festival 2001 Short Film Award The Accountant Won
Independent Spirit Awards 2010 Best Supporting Male That Evening Sun Nominated
2014 Best Ensemble Cast Mud Won
Gotham Awards 2011 Best Ensemble Performance Take Shelter Nominated
Nashville Film Festival 2007 President's Award Randy and the Mob Won
2007 Audience Choice Award Randy and the Mob Won
Slamdance Film Festival 2001 Spirit of Slamdance Award The Accountant
Randy and the Mob
Sundance Film Festival 2004 Dramatic Chrystal Nominated
SXSW Film Festival 2009 Best Ensemble Cast That Evening Sun Won
Washington DC Independent Film Festival 2002 Best Fiction Short Form — Grand Jury Award The Accountant Won
2002 Best Fiction Short Form — Audience Award The Accountant Won
Writers Guild of America 2015 Episodic Drama for "Donald the Normal" Rectify Nominated


  1. ^ "Raymond W Mc Kinnon - United States Public Records". FamilySearch. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  2. ^ Poling, Dean (18 March 2007). "Oscar winner comes home to VSU". The Valdosta Daily Times. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  3. ^ [-VSUVisit-2007 Valdosta Daily Times, 2007
  4. ^ "Academy Award Winner To Speak for the President's Lecture Series - Valdosta State University". Valdosta State University. 5 March 2007. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  5. ^ Los Angeles Times (19 June 2014). "'Rectify's' Ray McKinnon tries to find what matters". Los Angeles Times.
  6. ^ "Sons of Anarchy casts Ray McKinnon, continuing the Deadwood/FX link". HitFix.
  7. ^ "The Accountant". www.sundance.tv. Archived from the original on 2016-05-28. Retrieved 2016-05-04.
  8. ^ a b "The Many Faces of Ray McKinnon". Den of Geek.
  9. ^ "Rectify creator Ray McKinnon wants to leave some season finale questions unanswered". The A.V. Club.
  10. ^ "Oscar-winning director, Ray McKinnon still misses his wife Lisa Blount, who died in 2010. Says no to second marriage??!!". liverampup.com.
  11. ^ "Ginny Mule Pictures". Short Film Central.
  12. ^ Iannucci, Rebecca (February 11, 2019). "Sarah Shahi, Scandal's Bellamy Young, thirtysomething Alums and More Join Netflix's Dolly Parton Anthology". TVLine.

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